General Assembly High Level Event: “Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT for Development to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

New York, May 21-22, 2014

Dignitaries gathered on May 21st and 22nd, 2014 at the United Nations to discuss improving methods of development cooperation, with an emphasis on the rapidly expanding social and economic growth of the Global South, to support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The High-level event, titled: “Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT for Development to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” featured one plenary and two interactive multi stakeholder panel discussions in which participants debated on the strengthening of traditional forms of cooperation, reinforcement of triangular cooperation, and highlighting affirmative examples of the various forms of cooperation in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They also identified how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be utilized to achieve sustainable development goals, and focused on the UN system’s role in increasing the significance and effectiveness of all forms of cooperation in consideration of the post-2015 development agenda.

John W. Ashe, President of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, opened the high-level event and led discussions on the ways the development agenda is reinforced with the necessary means for implementation and the adopting of a set of ambitious and universal sustainable development goals that will be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. International cooperation in its various forms enhances economic growth, infrastructure development and food security. North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation, along with ICT for development, must be employed in order to overcome development challenges and to implement the post-2015 development agenda.

Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, identified key issues in enabling social and environmental development including resource investment, knowledge sharing, and leveraging ICT, and underlined the importance of creating new avenues for South-South, North-South and Triangular Cooperation.

A keynote statement was delivered by Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), highlighting the significance of recognizing a wider array of innovative global partnerships and the ability to face the many existing development challenges. Through South-South cooperation, developing countries can facilitate ICT and knowledge transfer while contributing to their overall national capacities.

The efforts of President Ashe to set the stage for the post-2015 development framework were complimented by the outcome of the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development’s High-Level Forum “South-South Cooperation, ICT and Financing for Sustainable Development” held in Hong Kong on April 13th.